The Acting Secretary of State to the Japanese Chargé.

Dear Mr. Hioki: I beg leave to inclose a copy of a letter from the Acting Secretary of the Navy, by which it appears that an American examining board finds that Commander A. N. Ritchagoff, executive officer of the Russian transport Lena, ought to be sent to Russia for treatment at the naval hospital at Kronstadt.

Will you kindly ascertain and advise me whether I may say to the Secretary of the Navy that the Japanese Government has no objection [Page 595] to granting permission to Commander Ritchagoff to return to Russia on an indefinite leave of absence for the purpose indicated.

I am, etc.,

F. B. Loomis.